It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who cringes when I reread some of the things I’ve written. Fortunately, with blogging I can delete or edit, but that doesn’t help those who already read it. Some blog posts go immediately into the subscriber’s feed which can be embarrassing when I accidently post something I'm still working on. Then there’s those times I schedule something the night before and wake up the next morning with that sinking feeling in my stomach….. whaaaat was I thinking! Someone probably even noticed I shortened the title of this post today.
Robert has a box of old sermon notes he shudders to think about. When he preached on 2 Timothy 3:16 recently he told about how as a young pastor in his 30’s he changed his view on the sovereignty of God in election. God’s word is continually active in our instruction, reproof, and training in righteousness, and also in our correction. The Scriptures are immeasurably deep and wide and we will never achieve some sort of theological Nirvana this side of glory. We are always in need of correction on some point or another.
Arthur Pink later changed his opinion regarding two of his early books on eschatology, “The Redeemer’s Return” and “The Antichrist”. Toward the end of his life he wrote to a young pastor these words of encouragement:
“’If any man think that he knoweth anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know’ (I Cor. 8:2). To the very end of his earthly pilgrimage the best instructed Christian has reason to pray, ‘That which I see not teach thou me’ (Job 34:32). Even the theologian and the Bible-teacher is but a learner and like all his companions in the school of Christ acquires his knowledge of the truth gradually—‘here a little, there a little' (Isa. 28:10). He too advances slowly, as one great theme after another is studied by him and opened up to him, requiring him to revise or correct his earlier apprehensions and adjust his views on other portions of the truth, as fuller light is granted him on any one branch thereof….The men who have been most used of God in the feeding and building up of his people were not thoroughly furnished for their work at the outset of their careers, but only by dint of prolonged study did they make progress in their own apprehension of the truth."1
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